Tuesday 12th February 2019 I love canal boat holidays – When you are on Canal Boat travelling along a river there is life everywhere.
Why do rivers enthral us?
Maybe it’s because they’re teeming with life—everything from nibbling midges to flashing kingfishers and trout and salmon wiggling beneath the ripples. Perhaps it’s because water is so central to our existence and so vital to life. Possibly it’s to do with the tranquillity of a river; in countryside or in cities, the sight of water has an instantly calming effect. All these things come to mind, instinctively or very consciously, whenever we think of rivers or spend time near them swimming, fishing, boating, or canoeing.
Ezekiel 47 is a wonderful prophetic statement about the River of Life flowing from the Temple, a picture of what Jesus was talking about in John Chapter 7 where He talks about streams of living water flowing from Him to us and from us to the world, to give a picture of what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was flowing from the south side.
As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in–a river that no one could cross. He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?”
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Sea. When it empties into the Sea, the water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds–like the fish of the Great Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47 v 1 – 12)
Pray this morning, that God will fill you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit that wherever you might go you would bring life. Don’t forget our prayer meetings today at 9.15am, 12.30pm and 8pm – please come along to the meetings or pray at home or at work with us.
Have a great day!
Pastor Peter Jordan